Above / Check out the blankets of bloomin’ bluebells along the Riverwalk and throughout the woodlands in Knoch Knolls Park. Enjoy the springtime beauty before it’s gone! And take the Riverwalk Amenities Survey by April 23, 2017…

Friday

‘Journey with Autism’ Columnist featured on Good Morning, America – 8:15AM |
ABC7 – Television
Watch Good Morning, America, on Fri., April 21, for an 8:15AM interview by ABC News Correspondent Linzie Janis with PN Columnist Joey Rosenbloom during Autism Awareness month. (UPDATE: Interview was preempted by other news this morning. PN will update when/if we find the time of the rescheduled segment.)

North Central College presents ‘The Navigator’ – 7:30PM | $8-10
Meiley-Swallow Hall – 31 S. Ellsworth St. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents four performances of its production of “The Navigator” at 7:30PM April 20-22 and at 2PM April 23 in the theatre in Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth St. Written by Eddie Antar and directed by Laura Lodewyck, North Central’s assistant professor of theatre, the story follows a man who begins to question what control he has over his life after his GPS system begins to instruct him about major life changes. Tickets are $10/adults and $8/students and seniors; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Saturday

Casey’s Saturday Special Center Cut Bone-in Pork Chops – 8AM – 7PM | $2.98/lb
Naperville Plaza, Gartner at Washington Naperville, IL 60540
Grill, saute, or roast. Regularly $5.98 per lb. Now this Saturday Only $2.98 per lb
While Supply Lasts!

Naperville City Council Off the Dais –  8AM-10AM | Free
Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street  Naperville, IL 60540
The regularly scheduled Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation Monthly meeting will be Saturday morning at 8 AM in meeting room B of the Naperville Municipal Center. Every April, members of Naperville’s City Council are invited to join the NAHC “off the dais” for an opportunity to have a dialogue on the future of our community. In addition to the incumbents, newcomer Benny White who won a seat on April 4 was invited. This is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to interact with their elected representatives, learn more about stands and viewpoints, and gain insights into the community issues and opportunities that Council will address in the coming months.

Earth Day Celebration – Going Native! – 11AM – 2PM | Free

The Growing Place – 25 W 471 Plank Rd. Naperville, IL 60563
Natives–Plant them and they will come! Learn all about adding native plants to your garden to create a pocket prairie in your backyard! We will also have some great native specials all day to help you get started. www.thegrowingplace.com/calendar.

10th Annual Crosstown Naperville Baldricks Head Shaving –  2PM | Free
Crosstown Pub – 109 East Ogden Avenue Naperville, IL 60563
Join us at Crosstown Pub in Naperville for our 10th St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement!  Kids with cancer are our reason for it all. They’re the inspiration behind our event and the reason we’re helping fund childhood cancer research. We believe all kids should be able to grow up and turn their dreams into realities. 

‘The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute’ Concert – 8PM | $35-45
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
North Central College presents “The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute” concert at 8PM Saturday, April 22, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. The Emmy Award-winning group is the ultimate Beatles tribute with its note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics, such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in The Life,” “Twist and Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun” and “Hey Jude.” Tickets are $45 and $35; call 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.

Sunday

2017 Naperville Womens Half Marathon & 5k – 7AM | $1-$75
Benedetti Wehrli Stadium – 455 S. Brainard St Naperville, IL 60540
The 2nd Annual Naperville Womens Half Marathon & 5k from North Central College is open to all Runners and Walkers. The event course will take athletes through downtown the neighborhoods of Naperville. The race will start at North Central College and athletes will cross the finish on the track inside the beautiful Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. Watch for road closures Sunday morning. For more information, visit napervillewomenshalf.events.

Open Mosque Day for All Faiths – 11AM-4PM | Free
Islamic Center or Naperville– 2844 W. Ogden Naperville, IL 60540
Shoaib Khadri, President of the Islamic Center, invites all faiths to enjoy ethnic foods from the Middle East and South Asia and to sit around, eat and interact in a warm, friendly and informal setting to give an opportunity for “people of all faiths to get to know each other better.” The event is totally free. Questions? Please email: rsvp@icnmasjid.org

16th International Children’s Day – 1PM | Free
Ranch View Elementary School – 1651 Ranchview Drive Naperville, IL 60565
The Turkish American Cultural Alliance (TACA) and Turkish Friends of Naperville present International Childrens Day on Sunday, April 23 from 1 to 5PM. The event will be held at Ranch View Elementary School, 1651 Ranchview Dr. Naperville, IL 60565. This event promotes friendship and understanding among different cultures and features a parade of nations, performances in traditional costumes, exhibits, face painting, a magician show, ethnic food and much moreJoin us for a joyful celebration and a fun day for the whole family. The event is free. More info: www.tacaonline.org. 2017childrensday@gmail.com.

Naperville Men’s Glee Club Voices of Hope concert – 3PM | $10-18
Wentz Concert Hall – 171 E. Chicago Ave. Naperville, IL 60540
The Naperville Men’s Glee Club presents its annual Voices of Hope concert at 3PM Sunday, April 23, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. For tickets and more information visit napervillemensgleeclub.org.

Looking toward next Sunday, April 30, at Wentz Concert Hall!

Naperville Municipal Band Spring Concert – 3PM Sunday, April 30, at Wentz Concert Hall  | Free

The Naperville Municipal Band, conducted by Ron Keller, presents its fourth indoor concert of the year prior to its summer outdoor series of 11 concerts in Central Park that begins June 8, 2017.  Emcee Ann Lord again will provide the narration as the 100-piece band performs with special guest professional vocalist and internationally- acclaimed soprano Cindy Halgrimson.

Consider other things to do this weekend for future events

Save the date for the Jaycees Distinguished Service Awards Presentation at the Pavilion of Meson Sabika at 6:30PM on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Tickets are $50 per person and include a tapas-style dinner and cash bar. RSVP by April 25. For info, visit http://www.naperjaycees.org/event/2017-distinguished-service-awards.

Save the date for Cuisine for a Cause, 6:30PM Sat., April 29, at Navistar. Purchase reserve seating tickets for $150 at www.loaves-fishes.org.

Save the date for Honor Flight Chicago Fundraiser, 11AM-2PM Sat., May 6, inside the Calamos Investments Hangar at DuPage County Airport in West Chicago where the Naperville Municipal Big Band will perform to help raise funds to send WWII and Korean War era Veterans on a day trip to Washington, D.C. $40.

Save the date for 6th Annual Kentucky Derby Party to benefit Hesed House, 3-10PM Sat., Sat. May 6, at Embassy Suites-Chicago Naperville. Purchase tickets for $150.

Reserve tickets for 2017 Ribfest, June 30-July 3. Celebrate Exchange Club of Naperville’s 30th year with Toby Keith on June 30.  Tickets now on sale at www.ribfest.net.

Year-round Gift Ideas

Perhaps give memberships to places such as Naper Settlement, DuPage Children’s Museum or Naperville Art League. Or provide a gift of music lessons with one of the teachers available at Ellman’s Music Center. Give DNA gift cards to create an experience in 2017 such as a painting party at Pinot’s Palette or Pottery Bayou, both located in downtown Naperville.

Think dinner and the show and combine a gift certificate/card to a restaurant and theater tickets to performances on stage at North Central College.

Or give special certificates for a pair of tickets or an entire table to some other charity gala this year.

Dine Around Naperville!

From Catch 35 to Meson Sabika, discover more than 260 delicious places to dine in or out at www.dinenaperville.com. Make your Mother’s Day Sunday brunch reservations as soon as possible.

And 40 of the eateries are located throughout downtown Naperville where there are plenty of shopping opportunities in between meals. Cheers!

Thanks for supporting live music such as the sounds of bands at Quigley’s Irish Pub (Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays) or local bands at Club Mamalu’s on the first Friday of the month with OMT lite and friends (April 7). No cover. See friends and taste some of the best soup in the Midwest!  Or enjoy the keyboard played during Sunday brunch, 10AM to 3PM, at Heaven on Seven, 224 S. Main St. in downtown Naperville. Brunch is served New Orleans-style Saturday, too.

And there’s more latest news…

Look forward with photo-enhanced stories every day on PN’s Latest NewsIn addition to events and other happenings, find public meeting notices scheduled at the Naperville Municipal Center.

Check out PN’s Events Calendar for other events as well as to help plan next week and upcoming weekends.

On the navigation bar atop the Events Calendar, find calendars specific to Runs & WalksCharity Golf (This page soon will be updated for 2017), Festivals & Traditions over the course of the year as well as this month’s Book Events hosted by Anderson’sNorth Central College Performing Arts and happenings at Naper Settlement.


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